Bristol-Myers Squibb and AIDS in South Africa
This case is intended to have students wrestle with the complexity of social responsibility in a global environment. The case presents the situation of a company faced with the conflicting demands of profitability and the desire to save lives through the use of its products. This can lead to a discussion of the development of socially responsible actions as part of a global strategic focus. The case also can be used to develop a discussion of the potential conflicts between national social policy and the intellectual property rights of a corporation.